Well I’m well and truly into my third trimester and it feels like it too. It’s a little taster of what general body movement might feel like for me at 70 + years old and it turns out it’s hard work. Back in the transition between second and third trimester we booked to go away for a little babymoon of sorts which I really felt was much needed by the time it came around. The second trimester was a heck of a lot easier than the dark days of the first which I chatted about a bit here.
I’m on a bit of a DIY roll of late and finally lots of those ideas that have been sat on the proverbial shelf, gathering dust have made it out to see the light of day! You may not believe me but I could probably dream up plant holder projects and nothing else for the rest of my life. I feel like there are endless pretty ways to display plants, whether real or artificial. It’s likely you’ll have heard me mention that I’m a total plant killer, in fact I feel like a good amount of my insta stories relate back to my ever increasing plant graveyard. This trio photographed are some of the few left in our home that are real! We’ll see how long they last but at least they get to enjoy life in these pretty homes in the meantime.
I think my DIY projects might be getting easier and easier folks!…or maybe I’m getting lazier and lazier? Even so, that means it’s much more tempting for you guys to have a go. This one takes all of about half an hour but looks the part, I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s so little work you could probably do it in your sleep and what’s even better is that you basically only need a jar lid, vinyl and and fish bowl!
Bathrooms are often neglected spaces. I don’t know about you but it’s usually the last place I give any attention in my home. As you’ll see below my bathroom was pretty bleak, particularly that very sad looking plant loitering in the corner! I recently decided to show my bathroom some love with the help of Habitat. I can’t go to great lengths transforming spaces in my flat as I rent but thankfully some simply additions and styling can give it the little lift it needs. Have a flick through my ugly before pictures and then see what I did with some products from Habitat.
I can’t believe it’s the last day of August already and that also means I’ve done another whole year of Styling the Seasons! It seems that even marking each month by styling and capturing images, doesn’t slow the months down at all.
Hello folks! I’m back with a quick and easy DIY idea for you all to rustle up. In a (possibly short lived) celebration of resurrecting my air plants, I decided to give them a new and improved home. I used my old time favourite, polymer clay to make my green friends king of their castle. I used roughly a small block of Fimo for each base, so not too pricey to make either. Hopefully their new monochrome thrones will help me to remember to spritz them once in a while.
If you follow me on any form of social media you’ll know that at the end of June we went to Copenhagen. It had been on our list of places to visit for so long that we were pumped to finally get there! We’ve had a love affair with all things Danish from afar, whether it was the interiors, bands, graphic design, TV programmes, fashion, coffee or food and so it made a whole lot of sense to visit the place we were so obsessed with.
Well the end of May is nearly upon us and here in the UK we’re gearing up for another bank holiday weekend to see the month out with a bang! May has been a good one in many respects. There’s been exciting pockets of plotting and planning for both work and rest. We booked both our holidays this month, one to Spain with friends and another mini break to Copenhagen to explore a place we’ve been longing to visit for so long. Up until recently all we seemed to watch were Scandinavian TV programs and with our love of all Danish design, we’re very excited to have a nosey round the city.
Well we’re now in the full throws of January, back into routine and carting hot water bottles to bed feels less sparkly now the festive season is over. Thankfully I’ve broken back into things relatively gently which has made the transition much easier. It’s also given me a bit of space for planning, which involves some day dreaming and list making. I’m not the best planner past the month in hand. Thinking about the coming year as a whole seems overwhelming and in some ways scary to plan too much as so many things change over the course of time. I’m trying to have more of a framework for life and work though just to get a better sense of prioritising.
Well as you may know if you already follow my Instagram, I recently went on a gorgeous trip to Budapest! I was so excited for a city break, particularly as I’ve never been to hungary before. Much as I know how necessary a chilled out beach style holiday is for my sanity, forcing me to hit pause, I get particularly excited about exploring a totally new place, absorbing some culture, trying new foods and being inspired by colour, shape and pattern in architecture. Budapest had received shining reviews from all my friends and family that had been and on hearing how reasonable it was we decided to head there for 6 nights. The idea was to see the sights at a leisurely pace and prevent that ‘I don’t even feel like I’ve been on a holiday’ feeling.
Kindly Air bnb covered our stay in the city, which I was beaming about as I love that sense of having your own apartment as a base and getting a small taster of what it’s like to be a local. I scouted out this gorgeous Air Bnb property a while ago and was totally taken with the bright, clean decor and attention to detail. If you follow my blog you can probably tell why it had me at ‘hello’, seeing as the place is clearly loaded with white and minimal charm, along with those pure white floors I dream of on a daily basis!
I had hoped to get this styling the seasons post shot before I went away on holiday but that was beyond optimistic to put it mildly! Having said that it all worked out quite well as my holiday served as the inspiration for my styling this month. I made the most of the good light and styled up one of our built in shelves which doesn’t usually get much photo action as they can be a tad dark. We went to Egypt for 10 days which was just what I needed. Scorching sun, relaxation and a taste of the culture. Sorry to disappoint you if you thought I would thus be including a nod to the pyramids and a camel figurine in this post. We were in the Sanai desert so Ive incorporated this little desert plant friend in this fun cup I picked up from a charity shop. I’ve styled this up with a book as part of what I loved about being on holiday was having so much time to read! I have a renewed commitment to incorporating it into my lunch break before bed each day, instead of having my eyes glued to my phone. And then my sunnies are thrown in there for good measure because oh boy…there was enough sun to replenish my vitamin D reserves for the next year.I’m guessing all of you lovely readers probably have holidays booked particularly as we’ve now hit school holidays! That’s certainly what I start thinking about when July comes. I hope you all have a lovely time and find it just as rejuvenating as I did. I’d been functioning at 100 miles an hour, working way too much and not making enough time for relationships particular the most important one with my Husband. It’s been really good to take stock and realise how being obsessed with work totally clouds my brain and gives me tunnel vision. It’s unhealthy and I need for that to not sit right with me each day or at least listen when my husband tells me to slow down.I hope you enjoyed my little slice of Egypt. If you fancy joining in styling the seasons you can easily style a corner of your home and post it on your blog or twitter or instagram and useing #stylingtheseasons. Don’t forget to tag Katy and Charlotte who head up this whole concept. Then they can see your contributions.
OK, let’s talk about my sofa. No joke, it’s been bothering me for quite a while now, in all it’s brown and bulky glory! Whenever I walk into the living room each morning it offends my sleepy eyes without fail and I really have been longing for one that actually fits in with the rest of our aesthetic or at least doesn’t look like such an imposter. Don’t get me wrong, I was very thankful to inherit a free sofa when we got married and it’s withstood some serious wear and tear along with numerous spillages but try as I might I just can’t learn to love the deep brown colour and chunky style.
Prompted by Hive’s Coming Home campaign, I’ve once again been thinking about what I love coming home to. Last week I shared a recipe that always makes me want to run home and gobble it up. This week I was having a little ponder about what I love to come home to when I’ve been away for a longer period of time. When I go away somewhere warm, I actually never want to come home but there’s always that one niggling thing that doesn’t match up wherever you go away and that’s a good night’s sleep in your own bed! Other beds just never feel quite the same do they? Perhaps because you get so used to how squishy your mattress is. Even when I get to experience luxury (an infrequent occurrence) somewhere else, it’s still a little bit creepy to be sleeping in sheets that many a punter has been wrapped in!
I’m a big fan of coming home to my own bed. It’s not a pretty bed and the mattress is very old but it still calls out to me every time. Issue number one is beds generally reside in bedrooms and I can’t say I’ve ever been a big fan of our bedroom. A big part of that was because until recently it was always 10 degrees colder than the rest of the house. That may be a teeny exaggeration but unless it was Summer, you were hit with a frosty wall of cold each time you crossed the threshold. The problem was that the top window couldn’t shut tight and so that left a pesky draft chilling the whole room. Since having that sorted out the room has felt a lot more inviting. It is however still destined to be a slightly colder room and I generally wasn’t at all in love with the decor. It seemed sparse and uninviting.
Obviously there’s only so much you can do in a rented flat. My dream of stripping the carpets and wallpaper and painting the walls and floors white are exactly that, a dream. So I settled for a little bedroom update to add some smaller touches, hopefully making it a room I wanted to be in as much as my bed.Read more
Thanks for joining me for DIY no 2 as part of Keep Moat’s ‘Affordable Home Tips’ project. Each day I’m sharing a new idea to spruce up your home on a budget. Today I bring you this cute woven planter off the back of the huge weaving trend that’s been filling our Pinterest feeds for the last 6 months or so. Why keep weaving flat? This is a mini planter but you could easily make larger versions with different colours and threads woven through. You could get really creative with this one!
Look at this little guy brightening up the shelf! I’m imagining a whole shelf of them in different colour combos. I wasn’t sure how well the wire would hold up but it seems to have worked really well and what I love about this DIY even more is that it involves so few materials and they’re all things you’d usually find at home!